Beijing: Around 400 people are missing after a ship capsized on the Yangtze river in southern Chine due to cyclone that overturned the ship by strong winds on a scale of 12 (upto 130 km per hour).
At least 458 people were on board Dongfangzhixing or “Eastern Star” which was headed from the eastern city of Nanjing to the southwestern city of Chongqing when it sank in the Jianli section of the river at around 9:28 pm yesterday.
The four-level ship was carrying 406 Chinese tourists, mostly in the 50 to 80 years age group, five travel agency workers and 47 crew members.
The report of number of people rescued vary as state-run Xinhua news agency says ten people have been rescued but official CCTV put the number of those saved at 35.
Authorities have located the site of the incident as a part of the ship emerged out of the river. More than 30 boats have been pressed into rescue operations, state run Xinhua news agency reported.
More than 10 relief ships have also been dispatched to the area with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang himself rushing to the site to oversee the search operation.
Rescuers are battling strong winds and heavy rains in the search for missing.